Best new Iranian/Persian Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Iranian/Persian movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Majid Majidi, Jafar Panahi & Asghar Farhadi Iran's biggest directors?

Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Asghar Farhadi… just a few names to remind how great the cinema of Iran is. We put together a list of Iranian must-see movies below!

In the 90’s, Iranian cinema was a blossoming industry which gained a lot of international attention. Films by renowned auteurs like Abbas Kiarostami and Majid Majidi became true festival darlings. In 2011, the recognition of the brilliance of Iranian film making culminated with an Oscar for the gripping divorce drama A Seperation. Now let’s take a look at the most interesting Iranian films of the decade so far.

New Iranian/Persian movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Everybody Knows

    DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi
    CAST: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi

    After his acclaimed film 'The Saleman', Iranian director Asghar Farhadi went to Spain for his next movie. Starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, 'Everybody Knows' is a poignant romance drama about a Argentinian-Spanish couple slowly crumbling apart when they travel from Buenos Aires to Madrid. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

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  • A Man of Integrity

    DIRECTOR: Mohammad Rasoulof
    CAST: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Zeinab Shabani

    A goldfish farmer finds himself fighting the corrupt local authorities. Read more

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Best Iranian/Persian movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Iranian/Persian movies

  • The Pot and the Oak

    DIRECTOR: Kiarash Anvari
    CAST: Mahvash Afsharpanah Sadaf Foroughi Mahan Khorshidi

    A stylish dramedy about a playwright struggling with his new play about a failing marriage while at the same time his real-life marriage is disintegrating as well. Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 21st, 2017

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Best Iranian/Persian movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Iranian/Persian movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • A Separation

    DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi
    CAST: Peyman Moaadi Leila Hatami Sareh Bayat

    A couple faces a tough and grueling choice as they have to choose between a better future for their child by moving to another country or to take care of a deteriorating... Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 4th, 2011

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  • The Salesman

    DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi
    CAST: Taraneh Alidoosti Shahab Hosseini Babak Karimi

    Multi-award winning Persian director Ashgar Farhadi returns with the poignant drama 'The Salesman' (Forushande). A young couple is forced to move to a new apartment. They soon find out that the previous tenant was a prostitute, which has a devastating effect on their lives. Won the award for the best script at the Cannes Festival 2016, and rightfully so; rarely have I seen a relationship drama so thrilling and unpredictable. Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 21st, 2016

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  • About Elly

    DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi
    CAST: Golshifteh Farahani Shahab Hosseini Taraneh Alidoosti

    A teacher goes absconding during a picnic in the north if Iran and the event riles up a series of misadventures for all the other travelers who were accompanying her. Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 27th, 2009

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  • Under the Shadow

    DIRECTOR: Babak Anvari
    CAST: Narges Rashidi Avin Manshadi Bobby Naderi

    After their house got hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq was, a mother and her young daughter are being haunted by a malicious entity. Not only a truly scary horror flick, but historically informative as well. Everyone interested in modern Iranian history with a soft spot for scary movies: go watch this one! Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 30th, 2016

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  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    DIRECTOR: Ana Lily Amirpour
    CAST: Sheila Vand Arash Marandi Marshall Manesh

    First Iranian movie of its kind, a vampire western; A lonesome vampire dwells among the common town people of Bad City and she often stalks them but the populace has no... Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 20th, 2015

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  • Melbourne

    DIRECTOR: Nima Javidi
    CAST: Roshanak Gerami Mani Haghighi Negar Javaherian

    Story depicts a couple, leaving for Melbourne in order to pursue their further education, who get unintentionally involved in a tragic event that brings there plans to a... Read more

    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 7th, 2014

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  • Pardé

    DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi
    CAST: Kambuzia Partovi Maryam Moqadam Jafar Panahi

    A screenwriter prefers to live in isolation with his dog, with all the curtains down but his anonymity is perturbed by the unwanted arrival of a girl fleeing from the... Read more

    RATING: 66/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 20th, 2013

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  • Fasle Kargadan

    DIRECTOR: Bahman Ghobadi
    CAST: Behrouz Vossoughi Monica Bellucci Yilmaz Erdogan

    After spending thirty years in a prison when a Kurdish-Iranian poet is released, his only objective in life is to find his wife who believes that he has died a long time... Read more

    RATING: 66/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 26th, 2012

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